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Ivan Sokolov vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2005), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-30
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <Annie K.> I think so too but I tend to forget to check on the games and that's what we're actually here for.
Jan-30-05  TheSlid: <That's the closest we come to a one-dimensional country> There is a one dimensional town in England, called Mansfield - about 15km long and no wider than 100m at the widest point.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: Bd5 played, yay!! :D
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: How about two-dimensional countries? Wijk aan Zee is in the Netherlands and how high is the highes elevation there?
Jan-30-05  hintza: <TheSlid> Lol! Never been there actually, but I don't see how it could be as bad as Runcorn or Crewe. :-)
Jan-30-05  ughaibu: Cant he play Bxc6?
Jan-30-05  hintza: <cu8sfan> The highest point in the Netherlands, the Vaalserberg, is 321 metres high, in the south-east near where the country borders Belguim and Germany.
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, <hintza>. You never know what you can learn following a game of chess!
Jan-30-05  TheSlid: <hintza> Have recently spent some time working in Runcorn and it is indeed pretty grim. Seemed like 20% of all time was spent trying to get across the bridge to Widnes.
Jan-30-05  hintza: <ughaibu> He could, but Anand would keep his extra pawn after 45.Bxc6 Rxc6 46.Qxd6 Rxd6 47.Rxc8 Rd1+ 48.Kg2 Rb1.

This looks almost certain to be a draw now, Anand has no winning chances whatsoever if Sokolov plays correctly.

Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: Nice, Sokolov's played flawlessly since he lost his pawn.
Jan-30-05  acirce: Couldn't Anand try to create something by 46..h4 ?
Jan-30-05  Jack Rabbit: A draw has been agreed.

Congratulations to Peter Leko.

Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: <acirce> How is that h4-line good? I don't see it.
Jan-30-05
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  chessgames.com: That's it, 1/2-1/2. Many congratulations to Peter Leko for his fine performance.

Thanks to everybody for coming by these past two weeks--this has been a great tournament and a lot of fun. We'll get the rest of the games online shortly as they become available.

Jan-30-05  acirce: <cu8sfan> 46..h4 threatens on g3 and if 47.gxh4 maybe Qd7 48.Rc5 Qg4+ something, but I'm not sure it leads somewhere. Could have been a try anyway.
Jan-30-05
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  Annie K.: Woohoo!!! Congratulations to Leko, I mean, to Sokolov, no, actually I mean to Leko... LOL! :D
Jan-30-05
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  cu8sfan: Thanks, <acirce>. Sure would have been worth a try as he had to win anyway.
Jan-30-05  acirce: Or if 47.g4 Rd7 48.Rc5 cxd5 49.Qxd6 Rxd6 50.Rc7+ Kh6 51.Rxb7 Kg5 like in the game but much better for Black since White's pawns become vulnerable. Is there a flaw?
Jan-30-05  arielbekarov: Unfortunately I was not able to kibitz this game.
But, I am happy for that Sokolov showed that he is a fine chessplayer.

Anand is one of the greatest today, and he can be very satisfied with his result. One cannot always win the first place with so many good top players.

This has been a real great tournament, where Judit Polgar showed that she is capable of reaching the very top ! She played marvellously !

My congratulations to Peter Leko for winning without loosing one single game ! That's something !
Ariel

Jan-30-05  Leviathan: <chessgames.com> Something must have gone wrong when you turned the live event into a 'regular game': this is a meran semi-slav (D47), obviously not an uncommon opening :)
Jan-30-05  hintza: <acirce> <46..h4> It could well have been Anand's best try for the win, but I can't see any more than a draw after 47.gxh4 (47.g4 and your line looks better for Black as you say) 47...Qd7 48.Rc5 Qg4+ 49.Kf1 Rd7 50.Bb3 Qxh4 51.Ke1.

Or 50...Rd2!? 51.Qc7+ (51.Qxb7+? Kh6 and White is helpless against Black's mating threats) 51...Rd7 (51...Kh6 52.Qf4+ Qxf4 53.exf4 Rd4 looks like a draw) 52.Qb6 and the same position is repeated.

Jan-30-05  Saruman: <hintza> Thats interesting! I thought the Netherlands to be more 2d than Denmark. Actually the highest point in Denmark is 176 meters only, at Ejer Baunehöj!
Jan-31-05  hintza: <Saruman> Yes, I would have said Holland was flatter than Denmark too, but you are correct, Denmark has the lower "highest point" of the two.
Jan-31-05
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  Open Defence: What about the higher lower point ? lol
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